Without a doubt, free lectures is the best thing “free” thing you can do for yourself during year 12.

During year 12 I spent hours scouring the interwebs to find affordable lectures that I could go to and I found that there are not that many to choose from. There is always two extremes when it comes to lectures – either they are free or they are really expensive. Now although there are not that many to choose from when it comes to free (or close to) lectures when revising for that upcoming SAC or Exam. But I thought that it would still be worthwhile to list the lectures that I attended and I think that you should give a go at attending too.

vce-lectures-670-200    Cost: FREE   Subject(s): Chemistry and Biology.  Provider: Monash University.  The absolute BEST lecture I went to, paid or free, was the lecture series given by Monash University- Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science campus in Parkville. This lecture series was for Chemistry and it runs throughout the year on Wednesdays @ 5:30pm-6:30pm. The lecturer is really experienced and the notes are fantastic.They are printed out for you when you enter the lecture theatre and they are also emailed to you around a week after the lecture has occurred, so if you miss out on one of the lectures never fear because you will still be given access to some pretty neat tips and tricks with the powerpoint slides. The duration is only an hour each time so you won’t get bored and the lecturer is really engaging. How to apply:  Click on the following link- Free VCE chemistry and biology seminars and look for the link that says “Join our mailing list” and follow the prompts.

laser_show_2_imagelargeCost: FREE    Subject(s): Physics.  Provider: The University of Melbourne. Theses lectures are a bit different where the lectures focused on combining current research to what is being taught in the study design and in year 12 classrooms. This was more of a seminar series, but it really does expand your knowledge and allows you to connect ideas together between the topic you are learning and real life applications. They run throughout the year on Thursdays @6pm at the Parkville campus in the city. There are some previous year lecture slides available on their website too so you can have a look at the quality of the lectures before you decide to sign up.  How to apply:  Click on the following link- Physics Outreach and look for the section that says “VCE Lectures” and you can either email them directly with the email provided or follow their facebook page for updates with the up and coming VCE lectures.

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Cost: FREE   Subject(s): Various- there are a lot of them.  Provider: ATAR Notes.  These lectures are the most widespread array of subjects that any free lecture provider offers. Recently their lectures have been held at RMIT which is really a convenient location for everyone, but it depends on where they get the funding/support where they hold their lectures. The lecture varies from subject to subject. I found the lecturer for Mathematical Methods to be really good and he made sure that his explanations were clear and gave everybody the chance to contribute their answers using polls. The lectures were quite long with a break in between so keeping focus was a challenge but definitely worth a try. How to apply:  Click on the following link- ATAR Notes VCE Lectures and click on “Book a ticket for our VCE Lectures.”

Picture2Cost: FREE   Subject(s): HHD, Psychology, Phys.Ed, Legal Studies, Accounting, Chemistry, Business Management, English.  Provider: Victoria University.  Lectures are at various  VU campus locations and the lectures are taught These lectures are held during the September holidays so they may clash with trial exams that may be held by your school. They are about 4 hours long, with a break and were a good confidence booster because the concepts were really simple rather than going into detail like some of the other lectures provided by other companies.  How to apply:  Click on the following link- VU VCE Lectures , registration opens in late August.

Give these lectures a go, they are absolutely worth giving a try.

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xx A.Elizabeth

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